Toronto 6, Boston 1

Boxscore | Recap
Friday, July 20, 2012 7:10 PM
Location - Fenway Park
Temperature - 69°
Umpires - Home Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Joe West,
Attendance - 38093

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Toronto 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 9 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Toronto 46-47 25-20 21-27 W1
Boston 48-46 25-26 23-20 L1

Recap


Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1: Aaron Laffey tossed seven scoreless innings and Colby Rasmus doubled, tripled and drove in a pair of runs as Toronto opened a weekend series in Boston on a winning note.

Laffey (2-1) earned his second straight victory in style, keeping the Red Sox at bay throughout. The veteran left-hander scattered eight hits while striking out four, and has yet to allow an earned run in 13 innings at Fenway Park this season.

Rasmus, who came into the night mired in a 1-for-23 slump, was the offensive catalyst for a Blue Jays team dealing with injury absences of right fielder Jose Bautista (wrist) and third baseman Brett Lawrie (calf). His first multi-hit effort since July 8 helped Toronto halt a three-game skid and move within a game of the .500 mark.

Rasmus kicked things off in the top of the first, reaching on a one-out triple off Josh Beckett (5-8) and coming around to score on an Edwin Encarnacion fielder's choice. J.P. Arencibia singled home Encarnacion later in the frame to make it 2-0.

Toronto extended the lead in the second when Rasmus doubled off the scoreboard at the base of the Green Monster, bringing home Yunel Escobar and Anthony Gose. The Blue Jays tacked on another run in the fifth on a single to center field by Adam Lind that brought home Encarnacion, who reached on an errant throw by Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks.

The Red Sox threatened in the seventh - putting runners on first and second with none out - but Laffey responded by striking out Mike Aviles, getting Pedro Ciriaco to ground out to second and forcing Jacoby Ellsbury to pop out in foul territory to end the threat. 

Boston scored its lone run in the ninth inning on an Aviles RBI groundout.

Beckett was tagged for five runs (four earned) on seven hits over seven frames, walking three and striking out seven. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Lind has driven in 16 runs in 20 games since being summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas. ... Toronto acquired LHP J.A. Happ and two other pitchers in a 10-player deal with Houston earlier Friday. Happ, who went 7-9 with a 4.83 ERA in 18 starts this season, is expected to pitch in relief for the Blue Jays. ... Beckett entered the game with a 6.30 ERA all-time versus Toronto, the highest such mark against any major-league team.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Toronto   Boston
Aaron Laffey Player Josh Beckett
Win W/L Loss
7.0 IP 6.0
4 Strikeouts 7
8 Hits 7
0.00 ERA 6.00
Hitting
Toronto   Boston
Adam Lind Player Kelly Shoppach
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 2
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Toronto 9 0 15 .273 11 9 6 5 0 0
Boston 9 0 9 .257 21 7 1 1 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Boston will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Red Sox have a W/L % of .510 after a win and .511 after a loss.
  • Toronto will play their next game on the road against Boston. The Blue Jays have a W/L % of .543 after a win and .447 after a loss.